Top 5 Favorite Movies

Connor Forsythe, Opinions Editor

For the past couple of years, I have been writing movie articles for the school newspaper. Most of these have been top five lists of movies in a certain category. I decided that since this will be the last issue of The Arrowhead that I will be writing in, I should make a top five list of my personal favorite movies. This list will contain movies that have been on previous top five lists of mine, and it will shine a light on what movies I like the best.


5. Dirty Harry. This is a classic. It follows San Francisco cop “Dirty” Harry Callahan in his effort to hunt down a rooftop sniper. When the efforts of the police fail, Harry takes matters into his own hands. I think this movie is awesome. I like the idea of people doing what is right, even though the rules say you can’t.

4. The Silence of the Lambs. This thriller follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling in her effort to find serial killer “Buffalo Bill.” She enlists the help of the imprisoned cannibal doctor, Hannibal Lector. He offers to help, but only if he is allowed to delve into her thoughts and listen to her troubled past. This movie is a thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the first time I watched it. It is full of action and drama, and it certainly deserves to be on my list.


3. Forrest Gump. I know this movie is probably on many people’s lists of favorite movies. It is about a simple-minded man, Forrest Gump (perfectly portrayed by Tom Hanks), who unwittingly becomes involved in some of the biggest events in American history. Although he lives a successful life, he continues to pursue the love of his life, Jenny. I love this movie. It is so well made, and it is such a nice story.


2. Pulp Fiction. Pulp Fiction follows two hit men, played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, and the nefarious characters and misadventures they encounter while trying to deliver a suitcase to their boss. I absolutely love this movie. It has all of the elements a perfect movie should have: comedy, drama, and action.

1. Rocky. The first movie on my list is Rocky. This is about a down-on-his luck Philadelphia boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets the opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion of the world. Knowing this is his one opportunity to redeem his life, Rocky trains harder than ever and gives the champion a great fight. Rocky has always held a special place in my heart. I remember watching this for the first time in third grade, and I thought it was just great. I then continued to watch the rest of the series, and I liked almost every one of those, too. This is a great, inspiring story about a man living out the American dream, and it will always remain number one on my list.